By Max Semenczuk, Contributor
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Frank Ocean held his second queer club night in New York City on Thursday, October 24, boasting an all-queer lineup after accusations that last week’s PrEP+ night was held as a stunt to promote his new music, according to Pitchfork.
Ocean, a veteran of the music scene, held the first PrEP+ event on October 17 in Knockdown Center’s BASEMENT in Maspeth, Queens. The event was named after the preventative HIV/AIDS medication PrEP and is intended to pay homage to what the 1980s queer nightlife could have been in New York if HIV prevention drugs had existed.
The October 24 lineup consisted of Leeon, Arca, Papi Juice and Shyboi, all of whom are queer. Ocean decided to feature an all-queer lineup after criticism that last week’s event did not focus enough on the original goal of PrEP+.
Ocean showcased some of his new music at the first PrEP+ night, including a song titled “Cayendo” and a remix of “Dear April” by electronic duo Justice. Ocean also told the audience that he has a new album influenced by techno, house and French electronic music in the works, according to Brooklyn Vegan, and he released a single, titled “DHL,” on October 19.
In recent years, Ocean has been more vocal about his sexuality and the importance of awareness for the LGBT+ community. Ocean has a Tumblr blog that he uses to communicate with fans and to dispel any potential misinformation about the PrEP+ events or any other current affairs. At his recent queer nightlife events, Ocean banned both photography and discrimination.
Frank Ocean has been a key contributor to the music scene for around ten years, and his career began in 2006 when he moved to Los Angeles from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit. Ocean has three critically and commercially acclaimed studio albums.
Listen to Ocean’s latest single, “DHL,” below.